Board of Directors

Peter Chasse, Founder

Peter Chasse, President & Founder

Peter founded The Water Project in 2006 with a committed group of students in Saint John, NB, Canada where he was serving as a Pastor. Together they set out to complete one water project after hearing of a specific need in Kenya. It quickly became evident that by equipping people with the right tools for telling the story of water, a movement could take hold. Within three years, TWP had raised its first $1 million of support for clean water projects - almost all through individual and small group efforts.

Peter's background in software design, marketing, non-profit development and faith-based ministry enabled TWP to grow rapidly through grass-roots and deeply relational fundraising campaigns around the world. By leveraging and integrating modern cloud-based software solutions he also purpose-built the backbone of The Water Project's unique online project management and reporting tools together with our website. These solutions bring scalable and approachable software tools to the front lines of the water crisis where transparency and accountability are critically needed. Though his passion is helping others find reliable access to safe water, Peter finds his greatest joy hanging out with his wife and three young children.

Michael Ballou, Treasurer

Michael is responsible for the day to day operational activities of The Water Project (he helps cross the t's and dot the i's). His passion for the the gospel helps churches discover their place in seeing relationships and people reconciled through the gift of clean, safe water.

He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Amy Karjala, Director

Amy has been working in nonprofit fundraising since 1997, in a variety of direct fundraising and leadership roles. Today, she leads the curriculum team at Mission Increase Foundation teaching faith-based nonprofits to approach fundraising differently – engaging and equipping givers as the agents of change, not simply the suppliers of dollars. Amy lives in Oregon and devotes much of her time to her adorably spunky daughter, her family and “bonus” family, riding her mountain bike or paddleboard, and pursuing her love of good tea.

David Myers, Chairperson

Dave's professional background includes a graduate degree in Civil Engineering and experience helping to start and grow private companies and organizations. He is excited about applying these professional skills to The Water Project. Dave and his wife Nancy live in Columbus, OH and have three children and nine grandchildren.

Matthew Pearson, Director

Matthew is a user experience researcher at Airbnb, an online home-sharing marketplace in San Francisco. Matthew earned a PhD in economics from UC Davis, and his background includes WaSH Program evaluation in the water sector. He brings critical skills to help quantify the impact of access to safe water while making that data visible and accessible to our donors. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, Genevieve, and their two children.